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RI News
7:53 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Skeleton Found In Providence

Skeletal remains have been found in a building being renovated on Prairie Avenue in south Providence.  The bones, which included a skull and rib bones are believed to be human, but authorities won’t know for sure until an autopsy is conducted.

Providence police spokesman David Lapatin  says construction workers found the bones Wednesday afternoon in the basement of a century-old brick factory building.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI & Small Business

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Claflin Company President & CEO Ted Almon, a veteran advisor on state health care policies, including the development of the state health insurance network. They discuss how Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange looks as we get closer to the deadlines laid out in the Affordable Care Act.

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Transportation
4:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Amtrak Slows Trains along Entire Northeast Corridor

Rail temperatures exceeding 120 degrees have forced Amtrak to slow down trains along the Northeast Corridor.
Credit file / RIPR

In a rare move, Amtrak has slowed down trains along the Northeast Corridor due to the heat. Amtrak trains travel at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, but on Thursday they’re going about 60mph.

Sensors along the track show rail temperatures at more than 120 degrees. And Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said those hot rails pose safety concerns. “They can under some rare circumstances expand. So the thought process behind any restriction in speed is to have the trains going at a lower than normal speed to make it less problematic in case there were an issue with the track,” said Cole.

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RI News
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements announces the arrest of two suspects in the murder of 12-year-old girl.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Two suspects have been charged in the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl. Police say 21-year-old Branden Castro and 20-year-old Ricardo Vasquez have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and other felony charges.

12-year-old Aynis Vargas was shot and killed at a party last month in the Hartford Avenue housing development. Three women were also injured.

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RI News
1:47 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hundreds Wait For Free Cake and A Chance to Meet Celebrity Chef

Let them eat cake: hundreds line up to receive one of 10,000 free cakes, and a chance to meet the "Cake Boss."
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Despite a hot weather advisory people lined up outside in downtown Providence for free cake and and the chance to spot a celebrity chef.

Ten Thousand.  That is the number of cakes that were handed out for free Wednesday near Kennedy Plaza in Providence.  The bright yellow cakes were part of a collaboration between the store BJ’s and celebrity chef Buddy Valastro.

The giveaway was in celebration of the one year anniversary of the collaboration.

Valastro, a New Jersey pastry chef, became famous thanks to his reality show Cake Boss on TLC.

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The Bottom Line
3:18 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Bottom Line: Legislative Recap

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and mull over the recent legislative session. They discuss attempts to restructure the state’s Economic Development Corporation, historic tax credits and the new health insurance commissioner.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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RI News
2:34 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Only the Beacon Will Glow Atop Providence’s Superman Building

Starting this week, only the beacon atop the so called Superman building will be lit. Most of the other exterior lights will be dark, said Bill Fischer, spokesman for the building’s owner.

Bank of America was the only tenant and it left the building earlier this year. Fischer said keeping the beacon lit is sign that work is being done to bring the building back to life.

“You know, to maintain outside lighting on an empty building of approximately anywhere between $26,000 to $30,000 a year, is not a prudent expenditure of money,” said Fischer.

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Business
2:26 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Providence Peanut Company has been Pleasing Taste Buds for a Century

The state is honoring the Providence-based peanut company for its century of selling peanuts in Rhode Island.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is holding a birthday part of sorts Wednesday for a Providence peanut company that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company was founded 100 years ago this summer by Peter Kaloostian, an Armenian immigrant.  The company roasts, packages and distributes peanuts, nuts and dried fruit to a wide variety of bakeries, confectioners and supermarkets throughout New England. 

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Transportation
2:33 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Disruptions Coming to Commuter Rail Lines to Wickford

Amtrak is spending the summer replacing old railroad ties along the Northeast Corridor. This replacement work is coming to the MBTA’s line in Rhode Island, and starting Friday it will affect six lines delivering passengers to Wickford Junction. This includes trains that will stop at Wickford, but not at TF Green airport, or trains that will end at the airport and not continue on to Wickford.

The disruptions will only be on Fridays starting this week and will end on Friday August 9th.

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